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et’s be honest, finding a job these days can be a lot of work. Granted, over the last few years the over-45 group have found themselves searching for jobs due to companies downsizing or closing. It isn’t unusual to hear about people being out of work for a lengthy period and taking part-time positions as they continue their search. Yes, it can be challenging, but it is possible to find new, exciting opportunities and broaden your network of quality contacts. Jessica Pierce found herself in such a situation back in May of 2009. Realizing she wasn’t alone and having been in the job staffing industry, she called her church and offered to help people with their resumes. Within three months attendance at her meetings grew from 25 to 250. Yes, there definitely was a need. Pierce continued holding meeting to help others in their job search. She reached out to companies to find out who was hiring and found others who wanted to volunteer their time helping. This was the beginning of what is now a non-profit 5013c company called Career Connectors. Their Mission Statement is connecting professionals in career transition with hiring companies and quality resources. Real careers – real connections

Late last year, Career Connectors started holding monthly meetings at the Highlands Church in North Scottsdale. Geared to helping those in career transition, Career Connectors is structured so that speakers from three hiring companies in the Valley come and talk about their company and positions available. Other speakers also discuss relevant topics that will assist in a job search. After, resume writers, LinkedIn coaches and career coaches are all available to answer questions. All this is available at no cost – even a professional photographer is available to take head shots for your LinkedIn account. “We provide all the tools you need in one location at one morning meeting and you’ll walk away with connections, resources and knowing you are not alone,” says Pierce. 44 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | January 2014

It’s all about building relationships

Today you have to move away from sitting at your computer and start building contacts. Everyone you meet whether at a network meeting, the gym, church or your child’s soccer game are all key people to connect with during your search. You can make important contacts just by introducing yourself and then listen to their story so you may be able to assist them. The old saying “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” works. Once you’ve built a relationship, the more likely that person will remember you and what you’re looking for when they hear of something. The “who do you know” question is not only important but also works. In summary,

• Update your resume using bullet points emphasizing your strengths with keywords found in the job posting for each position • Create a LinkedIn account and learn how to use it to make contacts and learn about current job postings • Build an effective professional network and ask everyone “Who do you know?” • Take advantage of resources available • Take computer classes on areas you may be rusty in or need to learn (Executive Training Solutions offers classes to those in transition at no charge) • Understand that job loss is a loss and a time of grieving is natural • Be patient, enthusiastic and positive during your career transition For more information on the monthly meetings, hiring companies and topics at each location, visit Career Connectors’ website. Also, you can read about other valuable information on Pierce’s blog: Jessica-Pierce.com. Career Connectors

480.442.5806 CareerConnectors.org

North Scottsdale Lifestyle January 2014  

January 2014 Issue of North Scottsdale

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